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Journal of the Korean Ceramic Society 2013;50(6): 498.
doi: https://doi.org/10.4191/kcers.2013.50.6.498
고화도 발색세라믹잉크를 이용한 잉크젯프린팅 도자타일 연구동향
김진호, 노형구, 김응수, 조우석, 최정훈, 이용욱1
한국세라믹기술원 이천분원
Recent Advances in the Ink-Jet Printing Ceramic Tile Using Colorant Ceramic-ink
Jin-Ho Kim, Hyung-Goo Noh, Ung-Soo Kim, Woo-Suk Cho, Jung-Hoon Choi, Yong-Ouk Lee1
Icheon Branch, Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering & Technology (KICET)
1Taeyoung Ceramic Co. Ltd.
Over the past decade, the feasibility of using ink-jet printing for the decoration of porcelain tiles has been explored, and significant advances have been made regarding the technologies underlying printing system and materials. An ink-jet printing system for porcelain tiles has many advantages compared with a conventional printing system, including the following: (1) it is a digital process; (2) it uses non-contact printing; (3) it allows random image generation; (4) it is a highly efficient process (reduced production cost); (5) it offers massive and continuous production; and (6) it uses inorganic pigment colorants. For these reasons, ink-jet printing systems for porcelain tiles have been commercialized and are at present rapidly spreading toceramics-leading countries such as Spain, Italy, China and Japan. We also developed a proprietary system involving a piezo-electric drop-on-demand method and an ink-circulation step. The resolution of this system is greater than 360 dpi after a heat treatment and the maximum printable width is 600 mm, even when setting the printing head unit with four digital colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black). In addition, we systematically developed ceramic colorant-containing inks and tile-printing technology applicable to our ink-jet printing system.
Key words: Ink-jet printing, Ceramic tile, Colorant ceramic ink, Digital color, Pigment
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